Lufkin summer camp encourages learning and movement

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Over the summer, many kids tend to forget what they've learned during the previous school year, but one summer camp is challenging that trend.

"I'd rather be at camp because I like to do math and science," said ten-year-old Jermesia McKinney.

McKinney is one of 207 kids spending their summer moving and learning. Each year, the Concerned Black Men of Lufkin partner with LISD to host a free summer camp at Lufkin Middle School.

"It takes everybody to be concerned about the education of children," said Lynn Torres, LISD Assistant Superintendent.

Thursday, campers took a field trip to SFA to learn about the environment and visit the planetarium. Kids say summer camp beats other alternatives, like video games.

"At home, I used to just sit down and watch TV all day, and my mom says why don't I go outside and play sports. And, this is a perfect chance for me to do all this," said 12-year-old Angel DeLeon.

Kids practice math, science, and computer skills while also enjoying field trips and sports activities each day.

"I've learned some stuff that I've forgot at school," said 10-year-old Kavorick Williams.

Educators agree that the classes help the kids remember everything they learned over the previous school year.

"Retention rates are a concern of us over the summer, And, this camp does help continue that learning," said Torres.

"Not just retention, but it's more of just getting their brains going and doing something related to school during the summer because they don't do anything during the summer," said LISD math teacher, Latessa Green.

And, the lessons prepare children for back to school.

"It helps you for the next year, if you like, struggle with some of it at school," said 11-year-old Nillah Alexander.

Camp supervisors say the camp helps develop the whole student so they're ready for whatever comes their way. Government grants and donations help fund the camp. Each year space fills up quickly, so if you missed out look for early registration next May.

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